The Arts

Remembering the SS Mendi and Shaka the Great at Time of...

The focus of Time of the Writer 2017 is on indigenous languages, the short story and the intersection of film and literature - and...

20 years and more to come: the past paving the future...

The Time of the Writer literary festival has entered its 20th year. Last year’s festival featured some of South Africa’s best writers gathered together...

Moonlight: When Black and Queer America won an Oscar

“This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don't see themselves.” – Tarell Alvin McCraney, accepting the 2017...

Ten poems by black women the world needs to read right...

The world is a scary and uncertain space right now, fraught with fragility, and sometimes it's just too much to cope with. We get...

It’s not all sweet sounds in the music industry’s White Boys’...

This is the second and final part of a series by musician, Cami Scoundrel. Read Part 1 here.  Conversations about the White Boys’ Club erupt...

The film industry needs to do better for women in 2017

With movies such as Rogue One and Zootopia dominating with female leads, you'd think 2016 was a good year for women in the film...

It’s not all sweet sounds in the music industry’s White Boys’...

It’s difficult to talk about racial politics, gender politics and structural inequality in South Africa without someone getting offended. It’s difficult to say “White...

Exhibition aimed at empowering women does everything but

Since its opening, the Our Lady exhibition in Cape Town has encountered some problems. From artists calling for their works to be taken down,...

Dear 2016: thank you for teaching us these important lessons

Dear 2016, It’s almost time to bid you farewell and our timelines are filled with tweets and statuses expressing glee at seeing the back of...

Young filmmakers shine at the Abantu Book Festival

The Abantu Book Festival kicked off this week at Soweto’s Eyethu Lifestyle Centre. On Friday afternoon The Youth Filmmaker project (which provides young graduates...

“Sandcastle crafting saved me from drugs and criminal activities”

Mfanafuthi Gumede, a 26-year-old sandcastle artist from Inanda, North Durban found himself wandering the streets of the city after dropping out of...

Diwali 2016 is set to be a Bollywood blockbuster weekend

Sunday 30 October is set to mark Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights which symbolically celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over...

Ruth First 2016: Our reflections on rage and violence

The Ruth First Memorial Lecture was, once again, extraordinary. Each speaker presenting on the theme, “Rage and Violence in our Politics” produced papers that...

We need to speak about the state of arts in South...

After attending the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, MALEBO GOLOLO needs to get something off her chest about the state of the arts in...

Five black characters bringing much-needed diversity to the comic book universe

We're all about diversity and representation in the comic book universe, so the news that a black, female teenager will be replacing Tony Stark...

Do you even know Bongani Madondo?

He's launched a new book and he's 🔥🔥 🔥 but who is he? 1. He writes for himself Madondo doesn’t try to appease a particular market, whether his readers...

Niq Mhlongo’s Affluenza embraces South Africans’ lived experiences

South Africa's democracy has come a long way since its formative years. But twenty years on and there are still many issues which have...

What are the transformation targets of SA sports?

Another year and the same battle continues. Transformation. Some think it's a waste of time, others think it's "reverse racism". Others still, like Afriforum...

Eusebius shows us we need academic justice as much as we...

This is the prepared text of the 2016 DCS Oosthuizen Academic Freedom Memorial Lecture that was delivered by Eusebius Mckaiser at the university currently...

5 more racist ads that will make you go WTF

People are freaking out over a Chinese laundry detergent ad – and rightfully so, because it's kind of explicitly racist. But, sadly, it's not...
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